Severity: Informational Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Sidon, Lebanon, close port to all navigation from March 31 until further notice to stem spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Sidon

This alert began 02 Apr 2020 03:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Apr 2020 03:59 GMT.

  • Event: Port closure
  • Location(s): Sidon (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Summary
Local authorities in Sidon, Lebanon, halted all navigation to the city's port indefinitely from March 31 as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The port has stopped receiving all types of commercial and cargo ships in addition to passenger vessels.

Lebanese authorities previously closed all seaports nationwide to passenger travel from March 18. The ports in Beirut and Tripoli remain active for cargo shipments as of April 1.

Background and Analysis
Sidon's preventive measures correspond with similar actions other local and national governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Confirm travel and cargo shipping arrangements. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health